A host-versus-champ collision between Far Eastern University (FEU) and De La Salle University will cap the opening weekend of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.
In a copy of the official schedule obtained by PNA on Friday, the Tamaraws, this season’s hosts, and the Green Archers, the reigning champs, will lock horns on September 10 at 4 p.m. at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.
With FEU being the 2015 champion, it will actually be an early showdown between the last two UAAP champs.
The game will also mark the UAAP coaching debut of Olsen Racela, who replaced his younger brother Nash as the Tams’ mentor when the latter moved to the PBA’s TNT KaTropa.
The other game scheduled for Sept. 10 is a 2 p.m. clash between UST and UP.
The season will begin on Sept. 9 also at the MOA Arena with the University of the East-National University game at 2 p.m. and the Ateneo de Manila University-Adamson University showdown at 4 p.m.
Action will then shift to the Araneta Coliseum on Quezon City for three straight playdates from September 13 to 17.
The MOA Arena will host UAAP games three more times the week later before “The Big Dome” gets to host again for four straight playdates.
The finals rematch between La Salle and Ateneo will happen on the final day of the first round on October 8 also at the MOA Arena.